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What science reveals about keeping the mind sharp and the memory intact into old age: Helpful hints and advice on staying alert and healthy.

Keep Reading to Keep Alzheimer’s at Bay

Reading books and magazines, writing and participating in other mentally stimulating activities, no matter your age, can help to keep memory and thinking skills intact, a new study suggests. The findings add to growing evidence that mental challenges like reading … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s and the Hygiene Hypothesis

Can all our efforts at cleanliness and fighting germs be contributing to the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s? A new study suggests it might. The findings, published in the journal Evolution, Medicine and Public Health, come from researchers in Britain, who … Continue reading

Paying Attention to Blood Vessel Health in Alzheimer’s Disease

People with Alzheimer’s disease often have problems with blood vessels in the brain that may be making symptoms worse, a new study reports. The findings may help to explain why measures that can improve blood vessel health in midlife — … Continue reading

Low Blood Sugar May Trigger Dementia in Those With Diabetes

Older adults with diabetes who experience severe episodes of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, are at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, a new study shows. And those with diabetes and dementia are more likely … Continue reading

B Vitamins May Keep the Brain Robust

Numerous studies suggest that B vitamins may be good for the brain and help to preserve memory in old age. Now a new report shows that supplements of three B vitamins – folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 – … Continue reading

Diet May Prime the Brain for Alzheimer’s

Nutrition experts have long advised against eating a sugar-rich diet high in saturated fats because it can lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease, all risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. Now a new study shows why such a diet may … Continue reading

Fisher Scientists Discover New Ways to Rid Cells of Alzheimer’s Protein-2

Fisher Scientists Discover New Ways to Rid Cells of Alzheimer’s Protein Beta-amyloid is a protein that causes Alzheimer’s disease when toxic forms of it accumulate in the brain.   Two years ago Fisher Center scientists discovered that nerve cells are able … Continue reading

How Olive Oil May Protect Against Alzheimer’s

Numerous studies suggest that olive oil, one of the foundations of the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, may also be good for the brain. Now researchers are uncovering reasons why the aromatic oil, part of the traditional diet of Mediterranean countries like … Continue reading

Controlling Blood Pressure May Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s

Keeping your blood pressure under control may help to ward off Alzheimer’s in old age, a new study found. The study included 118 men and women, ages 47 to 89, who were part of the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study, a … Continue reading

New Rules Proposed for Testing Alzheimer’s Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration, the government agency that approves new drugs for sale in the United States, is proposing to loosen the rules for testing new treatments for Alzheimer’s. The new rules would make it easier for new drugs … Continue reading